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Dear MFA Supporter,
Animal abusers beware! MFA’s latest undercover investigation into a Butterball turkey factory farm has led to landmark felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty charges against five Butterball employees by state authorities.
Additionally, Dr. Sarah Jean Mason, the director of Animal Health Programs with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, has pled guilty to obstruction of justice charges after admitting to leaking confidential information to Butterball and potentially compromising the criminal cruelty investigation by state law enforcement officials.
MFA’s undercover investigation shows that Butterball allowed a culture of cruelty and abuse to fester at its company-owned factory farms – graphically illustrating that the secret ingredient in Butterball turkey is criminal animal abuse.
Hidden-camera footage taken during MFA’s undercover investigation at Butterball reveals:
Workers violently kicking and stomping on birds, dragging them by their fragile wings and necks, and maliciously throwing turkeys onto the ground or into transport trucks in full view of company management;
Employees bashing in the heads of live birds with metal bars, leaving many to slowly suffer and die from their injuries;
Turkeys covered in flies, living in their own waste, unable to access food or water and suffering from severe feather loss and necrotic (dead) muscles and skin;
Birds suffering from serious untreated illnesses and injuries, including open sores, infections, rotting eyes, and broken bones; and
Severely injured turkeys, unable to stand up or walk, left to die without any veterinary care, because treating sick or injured birds was too costly and time consuming, as the farm manager explained to MFA's investigator.
While MFA works to expose and end animal abuse at Butterball and other giants of the meat, dairy and egg industries, you can help by contacting Butterball.
Click here (http://www.butterballabuse.com/) to sign MFA’s petition urging Butterball to implement meaningful animal welfare policies to prevent some of the worst abuses at its factory farms.
After sending an email asking Butterball to make these important changes, consider making a few changes of your own. Every time we sit down to eat, we can choose compassion over cruelty. Adopting a diet free of meat, dairy and eggs is perhaps the single most important and powerful action you can take to prevent needless cruelty to animals.
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A new nanotechnology is likely to make drinking water a lot more safer and keep infections at bay by filtering out deadly bugs at the source.
link:http://www.zeenews.com/news689268.htmlA new nanotechnology is likely to make drinking water a lot more safer and keep... more
Taking zinc syrup, tablets or lozenges can lessen the severity and duration of the common cold, experts believe.A review of the available scientific evidence suggests taking zinc within a day of the onset of cold symptoms speeds recovery.
:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12462910Taking zinc syrup, tablets or lozenges can lessen the severity and duration of the... more
Edinburgh University scientists have claimed malaria is particularly deadly because the parasites which carry it battle other infections for survival.
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Do you snuggle with your pooch in bed? If so, think twice before doing this, as a new report warns that sleeping with pets puts one at risk of serious infections.Do you snuggle with your pooch in bed? If so, think twice before doing this, as a new... more
Many parents and doctors forgo antibiotic treatment for ear infections in kids, adopting the “watchful waiting” approach because of worries about drug resistance and evidence that the symptoms clear on their own.Many parents and doctors forgo antibiotic treatment for ear infections in kids,... more
November 16th, 2010
05:44 PM ET
Study: Treatment mistakes for 1 in 7 hospitalized Medicare patients
One in every seven hospitalized Medicare patients are harmed by treatment mistakes, according to new analysis by the Department of Health & Human Services released Tuesday.
The report cites a variety of "adverse events" or causes for treatment errors, including excessive bleeding after surgery, urinary tract infections linked to catheters and incorrect medications. Researchers estimate that these types of adverse events contribute to 15,000 deaths per month or 180,000 deaths each year, according to the report.
Some patient-rights groups are calling these findings alarming.
"The country is in a patient safety crisis," said David Arkush, the director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch Division in a statement. "The only workable solution to preventing unnecessary deaths and injuries is to combine much more patient-protective hospital protocols with much better scrutiny by hospitals of physicians and other health care providers, and to appropriately discipline those whose performance results in preventable patient harm."
The American Hospital Association, which represents 5,000 hospitals in the United States, said it is committed to improvement.
"While hospitals have made great strides in improving care, this report highlights that there is more we can do," Rich Umbdenstock, President and CEO of the American Hospital Association, told CNN in a statement. "Hospitals are already engaged in important projects designed to improve patient care in many of the areas mentioned in the report. We are committed to taking additional needed steps to improve patient care."
For patients concerned about harmful mistakes in the hospital, here's a few tips to help you stay safe.
1. Bring someone with you to the hospital
Having an advocate at your side who can help insure that your concerns won't go unheard during a hospital stay.
2. Know your medications
Get a daily list of all the medications you're taking and their dosages. When the hospital staffer comes to give you your medicine, make sure what he's giving you matches your list.
3. Be cautious of catheters
These can be the source of infections. Ask whether you really need one. Don't let hospital personnel leave it in any longer than necessary.November 16th, 2010 05:44 PM ET Study: Treatment mistakes for 1 in 7 hospitalized... more
Want to keep common cold and flu at bay? Eat almonds everyday, for a new study says that eating the nuts could help the body to fight off viral infections. http://www.indiareport.com/India-usa-uk-news/latest-news/928527/FeaturedArticles/14/54/14Want to keep common cold and flu at bay? Eat almonds everyday, for a new study says... more
Haiti's Earthquake-Injured Animals Are That Country's Lowest Priority | 8 Deeply Touching Photos... Accompanied by Some HopeHaiti's injured animals lowest priority
More than six months since Haiti's earthquake, family dogs and pigs search for food in the rubble. "Animal welfare is a new concept in Haiti," said Max Millien, director of animal health at the Haiti Ministry of Agriculture.
First aid groups treat Haiti's injured animals
By Daphne Sashin, for CNN
August 9, 2010 10:44 p.m. EDT
* Groups say animals are lowest priority in aftermath of Haiti's earthquake
* For the first time, the nation has non-profit animal welfare organizations
* They have treated tens of thousands of animals since the January disaster
* One group plans to build an animal care and veterinary training center
(CNN) -- More than six months since the earthquake in Haiti, family dogs and pigs paw through garbage and rubble in search of food, putting them at risk of infections, abscesses and parasites, according to animal welfare groups.
Owners want to help their pets and livestock, but they have little to give. With 1.5 million people still living in tents and the nation in the middle of hurricane season, animals are the lowest priority, animal rescue groups say.
Despite this, tens of thousands of animals have been treated while a public service campaign features a Creole-speaking dog telling families to include their animals in evacuation plans.
"The animal situation is only a reflection of the people's situation," Gerardo Huertas, of the UK-based World Society for the Protection of Animals, told CNN from Costa Rica.
"They live together. Until the whole shelter situation resolves, all you can do is help them with little veterinary support that we can provide," added Huertas, the society's Director of Disaster Management for the Americas.
But animal welfare groups are hopeful that in time they can actually give the nation and its people something it didn't have before the earthquake -- equipment, training and an awareness that animal welfare is critical to their own survival.
"Often in disasters we try and only deal with the problems caused by the disaster and not the underlying problems ... but Haiti was a special case," said Ian Robinson, Emergency Relief Program Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, based in Massachusetts.
The animal situation is only a reflection of the people's situation
--Gerardo Huertas, World Society for the Protection of Animals
"To put it back like it was before the earthquake wasn't good enough."
There wasn't a single animal welfare organization in Haiti before the earthquake. The government was focused on preventing the spread of animal-to-human diseases like anthrax, rabies and classical swine fever.
"Animal welfare is a new concept in Haiti," said Max Millien, Director of Animal Health at the Haiti Ministry of Agriculture.
"The children have to start to understand ... if you treat the animals well, that's a way to protect yourself."
Robinson and Millien recently presented their observations at the annual American Veterinary Medical Association conference, in Atlanta, Georgia.
The earthquake damaged the buildings that held vaccines for rabies, heartworm and other diseases. Vets lacked supplies. International volunteers struggled to get around the country.
As for the animals themselves, hundreds were injured. Some of them had wounds caused by the quake or from having to find food in dumps. Others had infections and needed immediate treatment.
Days after the earthquake, the two non-profits created The Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH), with a dozen other animal rescue groups to provide more than $1.1 million in aid to the Haitian government over the next year, including:
• A team of Haitian vets to reach the hardest hit areas with antibiotics, vaccinations and other treatments for animals that in many cases had never been seen by a doctor. Since January, the ARCH mobile clinic has treated 30,000 pigs, goats, dogs, cats and other animals.
• Solar-powered freezers and refrigerators to store temperature-sensitive vaccines in rural areas without electricity, along with coolers that will fit on the back of motorcycles, horses or bicycles for mobile veterinarians.
• Haiti's first census of dogs and cats to determine the level of care they are receiving, people's attitudes toward companion animals and the risk of rabies and other diseases to humans.
• A public awareness campaign to educate families about disaster planning. Last month, public-service announcements began airing a speaking dog telling families to take them along if they have to evacuate.
"Any emergency plan is better than no plan," Huertas said. "We're just asking them to include their pets."
Separately, The Christian Veterinary Mission has promised laptops and projectors for mobile veterinarians to give presentations on animal care.
In addition, Humane Society International has spent $400,000 in Haiti and pledged more than $1 million over the next five years. It has begun planning an animal care and veterinary training center in Croix-des-Bouquets and is also working to establish spay-neuter and vaccine clinics.
"I do consider the earthquake as an opportunity," Millien said. "We have a lot of promises ... I hope the situation will be better than before."
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Author of The New Good Life, Diet For A New America, and many other bestsellers
Posted: July 13, 2010 08:00 AM
The Brutality of Factory Farms: An Inside Look (VIDEO):
This past week, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that will essentially prohibit, starting in 2015, any egg from being sold in the state that comes from caged hens. This bill became law 20 months after a majority of California voters approved Proposition 2, making it clear that concern for the living conditions of livestock is no longer the province of animal rights activists alone.
Recognizing how widespread concern about the humane treatment of farm animals has become, the California Milk Advisory Board has recently ramped up its 10-year "Happy Cow" advertising campaign with a new series of ads proclaiming that "Great milk comes from Happy Cows. Happy Cows come from California." These ads are now being shown across the nation.
Unfortunately, there are a few problems with the ads. For one, they weren't filmed in California at all. They were filmed in Auckland, New Zealand.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Current Milk Board ads claim that 99 percent of the state's dairy farms are family owned. But in order to arrive at this figure, they count as "dairy farms" rural households with one or two cows. Meanwhile, there are corporate-owned dairies in the San Joaquin Valley which have 15,000 or 20,000 cows. It is these far larger enterprises that produce the vast majority of California's milk.
My concern, let me emphasize, is not with small-scale family farms. I have no problem with the many hard-working families who treat their cows well, take care of the land and try to bring a healthy product to market. My problem is with the much larger agribusiness enterprises, the factory farms to whom the animals in their care are nothing but sources of revenue.
Thanks to the practices they employ, the amount of milk produced yearly by the average California cow is nearly 3,000 pounds more than the national average. This increased production may seem like a good thing, but it is achieved at great cost to the animals. The cows are routinely confined in extremely unnatural conditions, injected with hormones, fed antibiotics, and in general treated with all the compassion of four legged milk pumps. Roughly one third of California's cows suffer from painful udder infections, and more than half suffer from other infections and illnesses.
Although genetically engineered bovine growth hormone is banned in many countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and much of the European Union, it is widely used in California's largest dairy operations to increase milk production. Unfortunately, it also increases udder infections and lameness in the cows, markedly raises the amount of pus found in milk, and may increase the risk of cancer in consumers.
The natural lifespan of a dairy cow is about 25 years, but one-fourth of California's dairy cows are slaughtered each year (typically at four or five years old), because they've become crippled from painful foot infections or calcium depletion, or simply because they can no longer produce the unnaturally high amounts of milk required of them.
The Milk Board ads present the California dairy industry as a bucolic enterprise that operates in lush, grassy pastures. Some of the ads employ the slogan "So much grass, so little time." But California's dairy industry is concentrated in the dry and barren Central Valley. Here, the cows are typically kept in overcrowded, dirt feedlots. Some never see a blade of grass in their entire lives.
The ads show calves in meadows talking happily to their mothers. But the calves born to California dairy cows typically spend only 24 hours with their mothers, and some do not even get that much. Here is a video that reveals what actually happens to the calves:
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Currently, more than two billion LCD screens are nearing the end of their lives. Chances are that you have a few yourself, but if you're like most Americans, you probably won't recycle them.
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Infections spread by acupuncture needles are under-diagnosed worldwide, according to doctors in Hong Kong.
Writing in the British Medical Journal, they call for tighter infection controls and regulation.
Acupuncture is currently unregulated in the UK, but the government is consulting on the issue.
The British Acupuncture Council says their members follow a strict code of conduct which includes infection control measures.
Professor Patrick Woo and colleagues, from the University of Hong Kong, argue in an editorial that acupuncture may pose risks to patients because needles are inserted deep beneath the skin, and can introduce infection.
Drawing on worldwide studies, he says there have been cases where bacterial infections have been transmitted to patients who went on to develop serious problems.
They include joint destruction, multi-organ failure, flesh-eating disease and paralysis.
He says acupuncture has also been associated with hepatitis B.
The risk of severe side effects associated with acupuncture in the UK is one in every 200,000 cases
Dr Mike Cummings, British Association of Medical Acupuncturists
Professor Woo believes the link with acupuncture often goes unrecognised because of the long incubation period of some of the transmitted infections.
The authors call for clinicians to "have a high index of suspicion" for infections that might be transmitted by acupuncture and to "alert health authorities about clusters of cases".
They conclude that "to prevent infections transmitted by acupuncture, infection control measures should be implemented, such as use of disposable needles, skin disinfection procedures, and aseptic techniques".
"Stricter regulation and accreditation requirements are also needed," they say.
British acupuncturists say practitioners who belong to a professional body in the UK have very high standards.
Janet Stringer, a practitioner and spokesperson for the British Acupuncture Council, said members undergo a three and a half year training and follow a strict code which includes the infection control measures suggested in the article.
She said: "Our code covers measures like single-use disposable needles.
"Clean needle technique is taken very seriously."
Dr Mike Cummings, medical director of the British Association of Medical Acupuncturists, said severe infections associated with acupuncture were "incredibly rare".
"Overall acupuncture is extremely safe," he said.
"We inform patients that the risk of severe side effects associated with acupuncture is one in every 200,000 cases."
But Edzard Ernst, Professor of Complementary medicine at the University of Exeter, said that although virtually all UK practitioners would use disposable needles, the infection risk depended on the competence of the therapist.
He said that although acupuncturists who were medically trained would know how to handle sterility, he would be more worried about some of those who do not have a medical background.
He pointed out that acupuncture is unregulated in the UK and anyone can set themselves up as an acupuncturist without training or accreditation.
The government has recently been consulting on whether, and if so how, to regulate herbal medicine and acupuncture practitioners.
A spokesman for the Department of Health said: "We received over 6,000 responses and we are currently in the final stages of the analysis. Our response will be published as soon as possible.
"We won't pre-empt the outcome of the consultation, but safety will be our main concern in making decisions."Infections spread by acupuncture needles are under-diagnosed worldwide, according to... more
South Africa has the largest population of people infected with HIV in the world and in many cases children of parents infected with the virus are left orphaned.
It is then up to their extended family to care for them.
Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa, reporting from the town of Khayelitsha, met a woman who is caring for 14 grandchildren after her own three children died from Aids.South Africa has the largest population of people infected with HIV in the world and... more
This past Tuesday night (October 27th) Lindsay Lohan was spotted leaving an L.A. Lakers game and her lips looked noticeably infected. She recently had Botox injections and I don’t think Lindsay’s lips like them! Yikes!
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Cell phones belonging to hospital staff were found to be tainted with bacteria -- including the drug-resistant MRSA superbug -- and may be a source of hospital-acquired infections, according to study released Friday.
Researchers from the Ondokuz Mayis University in Turkey led by Fatma Ulger tested the phones and dominant hands of 200 doctors and nurses working in hospital operating rooms and intensive care units.
Ninety-five percent of the mobile phones were contaminated with at least one type of bacteria, with the potential to cause illness ranging from minor skin irritations to deadly disease.
Nearly 35 percent carried two types of bacteria, and more than 11 percent carried three or more different species of bugs, the study found.Cell phones belonging to hospital staff were found to be tainted with bacteria --... more